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Assessments and Placement Testing

Placement testing is required to ensure students are prepared for college-level curriculum.


About the Test

Cleveland Community College administers the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement test to determine collegiate academic readiness.

  • The test consists of two sections: English and Math.
  • The test is free to all CCC applicants.
  • Testing is available in the Paksoy Technology Building, Room 3201.
  • The Testing Center will provide scratch paper, pencils, calculators, and formula sheets for use during the test. Personal calculators are not allowed.
  • Test results are valid for a period of 10 years from the date of the test.

Subject Areas

Please view the “RISE Placement Tests” section of the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) Placement Guide for placement options.


The RISE English test consists of two tiers. Students must achieve a score of at least 70 on the first tier to progress to the second tier.



The RISE Math test consists of three tiers. Students must achieve a score of at least 70 on each tier to progress to the next tier.

The Testing Center staff will assist students with determining the number of tiers needed for the math requirements within their program of study.

English Tier 1English Tier 2
Introduction to College Reading & WritingExploring Comparative Elements
Identifying Main IdeasInformed Opinions Through Casual Chains
Discovering Implied MeaningApplied Critical Analysis
Interpreting BiasUsing Sources in Critical Reading and Writing
Analysis Through Definition
Learning Across Disciplines
Math Tier 1Math Tier 2Math Tier 3
Whole NumbersConcepts in StatisticsFactoring
Fractions and Mixed NumbersSolving Equations and InequalitiesSystems of Equations and Inequalities
DecimalsExponents and PolynomialsRational Expressions
Ratios, Rates, and ProportionsGraphingRadical Expressions and Quadradic Equations
Real Numbers

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